This hike starts at the “Humilladero” square in the heart of Candelario. You will head towards the town hall which you will leave to the left, and then reach an asphalt road which ascends, continuing until you arrive the “5 Castaños” campsite, where the route truly begins (the distance you will walk until this point is 1080 metres).
This is a route which is suitable all year round, and is not particularly strenuous, so is perfect for all the family to take in the incredible landscape and native vegetation of the Candelario mountain range (oaks, birches, pine trees etc.).
This hike begins, after leaving the campsite behind, by going along a dirt track until you reach a regadera (a stream typical of Candelario), where you will see light green signposts to follow. You will be able to enjoy the landscape as you walk along, keeping the road which joins Candelario with the Navamuño reservoir to your right.
Once you have covered about 1000 metres, you will arrive at one of the main attractions of this route, a small waterfall “La Manga”. Here, you will be able to take some good photographs of this little treasure, it is also a good spot to have a light lunch before continuing. Depending on the time of year, the water can cut off some parts of the route, but nothing which will cause problems, as you will be able to pass it, supporting yourself on the walls along the edge of the path.
Once you have taken some great photographs of the waterfall, you will continue along the dirt track, taking in the stunning views of the Candelario mountain range, passing oak trees and birches with their characteristic white bark and pine trees which come from reforestation.
Continuing along the path, along this last stretch which is a stone surface, you will start to be able to make out the Navamuño reservoir, overlooking the “Cuerpo del Hombre” river. You will follow this path until you reach the road which we mentioned earlier, a road which you will have to be careful with if walking with children. In this area, there are fewer trees so we recommend you bring something to protect you from the sun.
As an alternative, to make this route circular, we recommend linking this route with route 3 – Puente Nueva (blue) but, in this case, starting at the end to reach Candelario. For this alternative, once you finish the route, you will turn left along the road which joins Candelario with the Navamuño reservoir, which after walking 1500 metres, and leaving the Candelario meadow to the left, you will cross a bridge. You will climb the road until the beginning of route 2. Before arriving at the reservoir, to the right you will find a sign for route 3 signposting the end. You will then follow this route until you reach Candelario (with this alternative the total distance is 8400 metres).